By Portia Williams
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — A single-car accident has claimed the life of Cole Thomas, a 2013 graduate of Raceland Worthington High School Saturday.
Sergeant Angie Howard of the Greenup County Detention Center, said Thomas was ejected from his vehicle Saturday evening after one of tires on his vehicle blew out.
“The crash occurred Saturday evening near Mount Sterling. His front tire blew out, and he was ejected from his vehicle,” she said.
According to Howard, Thomas was returning to Pikeville College after Spring break where he was enrolled as a freshman.
Mickey Dixon, Principal of Raceland Worthington High School said Thomas was a standout student that will be greatly missed by the staff and students.
“Cole was such a big kid, that towered over the other kids here, but he was like a gentle giant. He was so big, in appearance, but was just a great kid. He was respected by his peers, and the staff here really liked Cole,” Dixon said. “He played football for us. He also participated in track and field, and was attending Pikeville College and was a part of their track and field program up there,” Dixon.
He said after learning of Thomas’s passing, students held a candlelight vigil in his honor at the high school on Sunday evening.
“We are a small Class-A school, but I am so proud of the students here, and our staff. In two days, we’ve collected over $1,200 for the Thomas family,” he said.
“We are going to put on a benefit for him. His step dad and grandmother both work here. His step dad has been here for 20 years, and his grandmother has been here 29 years, and so we’re going to have a benefit for him,” she said.
According to Howard, the benefit will be held April 5, at 1 p.m.at the old Raceland High School
“We are going to host a benefit for Cole, and all of the proceeds will go towards his funeral expenses. We are going to have live music, Larry Pancake is supposed to sing, and we’re going to try to get Cletus Judd to come down,” she said.
We are going to have some things for sale, and food that people can purchase.
She said they have also opened up a memorial fund for Thomas at First and People’s Bank in Greenup. To make a donation to the Cole Thomas memorial fund,call the Greenup County Detention Center 606-473-9660.
“He was a very good kid. I call him a kid because I watched him grow up. He wasn’t into drinking or doing drugs. He was an athlete, just a simply good young man,” she said.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.